Theron Bowman, PhD
Theron Bowman began his law enforcement career in 1983 as an officer with the Arlington [Texas] Police Department, serving in numerous positions before his 1999 appointment to police chief. Most recently, he served as deputy city manager over Arlington’s Neighborhood Services before retiring in 2017, and serves as president and CEO of The Bowman Group.
Dr. Bowman led regional public safety efforts for the 2010 NBA All-Star Game, MLB World Series games, and Super Bowl XLV. He has led, managed, and participated in police practices investigations and audits in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Battle Creek, Michigan; Los Angeles County, California; Maricopa County, Arizona; Newark, New Jersey; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Bowman was recognized by the African American Peace Officer Association of Arlington as the Officer of the Year and received a proclamation of achievement from both the Texas State Senate and the US House of Representatives. He was recognized by the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) as a University Scholar in 1998, received the Outstanding Local Leader Award from the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute in 2003, and received the Gary P. Hayes Award from the Police Executive Research Forum in 2004. Dr. Bowman has served as chair of the Texas Intelligence Council; commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies; and, for more than 10 years, an executive committee member for the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Dr. Bowman received his doctorate degree in urban and public administration from UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs.